One of the things that The Baltimore Banner does best is dig deep. I hope you’re coming to us for daily news (and for my occasional astronomical and environmental stories), but I really hope you’re reading The Banner’s investigations.
Here’s just a small collection of some of The Banner’s biggest investigations and stories that made an impact.
Inside ‘The Kingdom’
In this deep and harrowing investigation, reporter Julie Scharper detailed the ways that current and former employees said the longtime manager of Gunpowder Falls State Park wielded power in Maryland’s largest park — and she did it with grace and sensitivity.
The criminal trial for Michael Browning, the accused, is ongoing. But the original investigation is still worth reading.
Crime and accountability
This piece shows the sharp contrast between the story the Johns Hopkins University is telling about its need for a private police force, and the reality of crime trends on its campuses. While there was a surge in crime, our reporting showed that the surge has stabilized.
Initiative after reporting
After a Banner journalist reported on a real estate company that engaged in shady and “predatory” lending schemes, a Baltimore lawmaker started working on legislation to curb the practice. Del. Marlon Amprey, the Baltimore Democrat who started looking into the issue, started working on the bill within days of the original investigation publishing.
Law changed, money set aside
This story is a really great, in-depth look at how regulations surrounding food benefits have real effects on peoples’ lives. Reporter Brenna Smith spent time with one woman as she tried to get reimbursed after thousands of dollars were stolen from her.
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